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ST4000 autohelm to Garmin echo50s

Got it all wired in today and I need some help.
I have an older model Autohelm St4000 and a new Echo50s Garmin.\I have the blue wire from the control head going to the blue wire on the Garmin I have the red wire to the inst switch and a common ground to the batt.
I have the baud rate set to 4800.
Here goes the dumbest question I have asked.

How do I get it to steer the boat? The st400 when in gauged will respond to the control head. How do I get it to steer a course?

Thanks so much for your help. one other question. IO have a transducer at the top of my mast with App and True Wind / Wind Speed, I have a gauge that I want to use in one location but I want the information to go into the Garmin as well.It will take the information acording to the instuructions I just dont know how to get all of the inputs in the one last remaining brown wire on the garmin?


Thanks again for your help
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Re: ST4000 autohelm to Garmin echo50s

I have an older Autohelm ST4000 but I am pretty sure it is not NMEA 0183 compatible. Maybe, but I'm pretty sure it is not.
If you do get this working that would be very cool. Keep us posted.
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NMEA 0183 compatible
It depends what version you have If you have vr.3 it is not compatible but if you have Vr. 3.5 than it is.
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Re: ST4000 autohelm to Garmin echo50s

I did not know that, I will have to dig out my manual and have a look. That would be awesome to have it hooked up to my plotter.
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Re: ST4000 autohelm to Garmin echo50s

You do have to set a waypoint in the GPS before setting the autopilot to the steer to waypoint mode, otherwise the AP just displays dashed lines. You must have a course set on the GPS for the AP to receive that course. That's assuming you are wired up right.
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Re: ST4000 autohelm to Garmin echo50s

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You do have to set a waypoint in the GPS before setting the autopilot to the steer to waypoint mode, otherwise the AP just displays dashed lines. You must have a course set on the GPS for the AP to receive that course. That's assuming you are wired up right.
Yea I have to take a second look at the wiring. Blue to Blue in not correct.
Thanks Maybe I will get it?
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Re: ST4000 autohelm to Garmin echo50s

You have to press the "Track" button on the ST4000 to put it in Track Mode.
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There is no track button
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Re: ST4000 autohelm to Garmin echo50s

OK, sorry, the Track button must be ST4000+ only. I hadn't realised that I had an ST4000+ till I checked just now.
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